Chemicals in Textiles: Risks to Human Health and the Environment

Swedish government assigned a report on the risks to human health and the environment from hazardous substances in textile articles. The report found approximately ten percent of the identified 2400 textile-related substances are considered to be of potential risk to human health. These substances are all functional chemicals, which are expected to be present in the final article at relatively high concentrations, and include azo dyes of direct and acid application type and fragrance. There may also be other types of substances, such as auxiliary chemicals and impurities/degradation products, that can be of potential risk to the human health.